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Mumbai Railways To Soon Make Masks, Face Shields And Sanitizers Available At MPS

Railway states that the protective gears are to be of good quality and not exceed MRP.

Mumbai Railways To Soon Make Masks, Face Shields And Sanitizers Available At MPS

India has over 7 lakh positive cases of Covid-19 and it is the third most affected nation in the world behind Brazil and the U.S.A. The country's commercial capital has been hit the worst in the pandemic. Mumbai has taken over China in the number of positive cases and deaths on Tuesday with 85,724 positive cases and 4,938 deaths. 

In this atmosphere, the demand for sanitizers, face mask et al is at an all-time high. To help people get hold of these items easily and at a fixed price, it has now been decided to make these available Multi-Purpose Stalls (MPS) at major railway stations. MPS in the city have become a part of daily life for commuters over the years. There are MPS at major stations including CSMT and Kurla LTT on the Central line and Churchgate and Mumbai Central on the Western line. 

Pre-lockdown, nearly 3,000 local trains operated in Mumbai on a daily basis with over 80 lakh commuters. But currently, only a handful of trains are operating for essential workers in the city and the MPS are shut.  

However, once the city starts returning to normalcy, these virus prevention items will be available for sale at the MPS's. There have been cases of several hawkers selling fake and cheap quality masks and sanitizers in and around the railways' premises. This decision will soon put an end to such ill practices and help people buy good quality products at affordable prices.  

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There is also a proposal being floated on capping the prices of masks and sanitizers in Maharasthra. This comes as the Central Government had already capped prices on masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizers in the country. However, masks continued to sell at steep prices across India, including Maharashtra. The proposal has been floated by the state health minister Rajesh Tope but so far no upper limit for the prices of masks have been announced for the state, 

The Centre had previously capped the prices of a 3-ply mask at Rs 10 while a 2-ply mask was priced at Rs 8. Further, a standard 200ml bottle of hand sanitizer couldn’t exceed Rs 100 in price as per the restrictions set in place, though the rules were only valid until June 30.

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